From gross food to turbulence to cramped quarters with strangers, there are a lot of reasons to want to make flying bearable!

Whether you like to travel or not, I don't think I've ever met someone who actively enjoys flying. It's cramped, it's noisy, you're usually stuck sitting next to someone who forgot deodorant, and the turbulence can make even the sturdiest stomachs unsure. Well, I've found some great tips to help make flying a tad more bearable!

Invest in Good Noise-Cancelling Headphones

make flying bearable Planes are noisy. There's just no avoiding that... unless you have noise-cancelling headphones. If you're going to be buying them anyway and you travel a lot, you really should invest in the best headphones money can buy. The Bose QuietComfort 35 are convenient, comfortable, and their battery lasts 20 hours. Basically, they're perfect for your long flights and boring layovers at 2 a.m.

Sleep Easier With a Hoodie Pillow

make flying bearable Let's be honest here; nothing is more uncomfortable than landing in a new city with a strained, sore neck. Sleeping on those little pillows the plane provides is not easy or comfortable. A hoodie pillow is sure to make flying bearable for you! Not only will your head be protected from drafts, but you'll also be able to rest comfortably without straining your neck.

Wear Compression Socks

make flying bearable They're always telling us to get up and walk around during the flight, but that's easier said than done when you're on the window seat and the two people next to you have their seats back and are fast asleep. While it's still a good idea to get up and walk around, these compression socks will also go a long way towards keeping your feet from falling asleep and keeping your circulation going.

Solve Some Puzzles

make flying bearable Sometimes you need to do something other than mindlessly stare at the tiny TV in front of you. You need mental stimulation! Bring along some puzzles (my personal choice is crosswords) or a Rubiks Cube to keep your mind engaged.

Carry an Anti-Theft Bag

make flying bearable The stress of carrying a bag around a strange airport or city is awful - so is the concern over who could get into your bag while you're sleeping. With an anti-theft bag, you can rest easy knowing that your belongings are completely secure.

Get a Portable Humidifier

make flying bearable This little device attaches to your water bottle, and it'll keep you and your nose happy on any flight. Whether you're just hopping a few states over or crossing one of the oceans, every flight could do with some humidifying.

Stay Hydrated With a Collapsible Water Bottle

make flying bearable Don't worry about chugging your water before TSA checkpoints anymore! These collapsible water bottles roll up into the perfect travel size, meaning you can fit them into whatever bag you're bringing with you and fill them after the checkpoint. Bonus points for not needing to bother the hostess for eight million tiny airplane cups of water!

Keep Your Hands Free with a Tablet Stand

make flying bearable Let this stand hold your phone or tablet up while you watch movies on it! That way, you can doze off without worrying about dropping your phone down the crack in the seat.

Get a Light, Packable Jacket

make flying bearable Airports and airplanes can get really chilly, but carrying around warm, thick layers can be a pain. A lightweight, warm jacket is one of the best investments you can make if you're traveling a lot! These jackets compress easily so you aren't carrying around a bunch of extra weight, but keep you warm and insulated when you need them to.

Bring a Sleep Mask

make flying bearable We've all been stuck on a plane next to that guy. You know, the one who doesn't understand the courtesy in closing the shutter during a long flight or a night trip? Well, protect yourself from any unwanted light with a sleep mask!

Bring Along Some Anti-Jet Lag Pills

make flying bearable I don't know about you guys, but when I get jet lag it knocks me out for a solid week (depending on how big the time change is). These anti-jet lag pills have saved me on many a trip and helped me get back to a normal sleep schedule faster. What's your best tip to make flying bearable? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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